Public restroom facts and tips
Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom…wrong
It’s the Sink and faucet handles
The sink and faucet handles are the real germ-infested culprits of the public restroom. Sinks create the perfect environment for colonies of harmful organisms. The accumulation of running water makes a sink a viral and bacterial breeding ground. People usually flush toilets with their shoes, but they do not hesitate to turn on faucets with dirty hands. When you follow them and turn on the faucet, you receive their germs, and if you don’t wash your hands properly, you keep them.
Proper hygiene avoids germs
To help avoid being affected by harmful organisms in public restrooms, use proper hand-washing techniques. Always use soap, and run your soapy hands and fingers under hot water for 20 to 30 seconds. If time permits, repeat this process. The friction from rubbing your hands and fingers together helps loosen bacteria that could be on your hands. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet to avoid re-contaminating your hands.
What you can do
To reduce your contact with harmful organisms. Use a paper towel to shut off the water and open the door after you wash your hands. If you use a hot air dryer, be careful not to get too close to the vent. If possible, use stalls that have the toilet paper holder covered to prevent germs from splashing water. Leave the stall immediately after flushing the toilet to avoid a microscopic mist of harmful organisms.